#SolidScience – Bush Medicine

Traditional methods of medicinal treatments have long existed, all around the world.

Native plants have been used traditionally for medicinal purposes by Indigenous people, stretching back many millennia. There have always been many different variations in how these native plants have been prepared and administered as part of treatments.

Bush medicine has been used for all kinds of illnesses and injuries. Kakadu Plum or Billy Goat Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) is a fruit native to the Northern Territory and has long been used to treat cuts and bruises.

Gumbi Gumbi (Pittosporum angustifolium) is a small plant found in the drier areas of Australia and is known to help cure colds and flus.

Another example of traditional bush medicine being integrated into modern day medicine is Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus). The Eucalyptus tree can be found all over Australia. Indigenous people often used it as a tonic for gastro-intestinal problems and it is now used in oils, lollies and even insect repellents.

Like most medicines, bush medicines must be considered carefully and should only be used as advised by traditional owners and healers.

Taj Mamid – Aboriginal Administration Trainee

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Loved reading this article Taj. I hope you keep producing articles on bush medicines or tucker. Many people are interested in the traditional wisdom of Aboriginal use of natures pharmaceuticals.

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